Susan Osman

Television and Radio Anchor/Host  



Susan Osman is a well-known television anchor/host and recognisable voice in Britain and worldwide. She is an experienced broadcaster in both Television and Radio, in numerous fields of journalism: news, current affairs, consumer affairs and business news. She has worked for all the major British networks: BBC, ITV, ITN, Channel 4 and Sky. Susan is known for her charm, compassion, punchy interviewing style, drawing people out and her warm sense of humour. On screen and in front of a microphone she is as much at home with the lighter side of life as she is with hard hitting documentaries and interviews.

After almost 20 years with the BBC, Susan transferred to China temporarily where she was invited to devise a new live daily radio Breakfast Show for China Radio International (CRI) based in Beijing. The radio show, The Beijing Hour with Susan Osman was transmitted live in China, Australia and America, translated into 62 languages with an estimated audience of over 30 million listeners worldwide.

During her time in Beijing, she also anchored television shows for China’s only privately-owned television station, Blue Ocean Network (BON) for the American market – Chinalogue, Beyond the Headlines and BON News. Susan has just completed a book about her experiences in China. Flirting with the Dragon.

Appointed visiting (2013) Professor of Communication and Leadership by the prestigious Communication University of China (CUC) she lectures and runs workshops for China’s political leaders and professional broadcasters. Due to the popularity of The Beijing Hour and Susan’s high profile in China she chairs, moderates and hosts debates, lectures and workshops on request. Susan also teaches radio and voice production at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School on the International Master’s Degree Course in Britain.

Ten years ago, Susan set up a film production company Nick O’Time Films with her business and screen writing partner – Rowena Goldman. Together they have several film projects in pre-production including, Petra based on a true story.

Susan is a voting member of BAFTA (UK) JAWS (US) NYWIFT (US) and The Writer’s Guild of Great Britain and

Unusually for a news anchor, Susan was voted Personality of the Year by The Variety Club of Great Britain

She began her career in the United States as a Theatre Director and Voice Coach for The New Theatre in Washington DC where she was given the keys to the city for her work with underprivileged black actors. Susan is a qualified vocal coach and speech specialist having trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. In her early career, she worked with Cicely Berry (RSC) in association with the Guildhall of Music Speech and Drama.  It was while teaching at the well-known girls’ school, Roedean that she was “spotted” by a BBC television crew and decided to leave teaching to pursue a broadcasting career which has since spanned many years. 


Beijing- China          Blue Ocean Network (BON) – Chinalogue – Editor/Anchor

Beijing- China          Blue Ocean Network – BON News –Anchor

Beijing- China          Blue Ocean Network     – Beyond the Headlines- Anchor 

London                     BBC 1 – BBC World News – BBC News 24 – BBC 2 BBC News Channel – Anchor

Bristol                       BBC Bristol -Points West – Anchor/Reporter

Bristol                       BBC2 Current Account/Close Up WestAnchor /Reporter

London                     B (Sky)B /NHK European Business Today – Anchor/Reporter

London                     ITN News Newscaster/Reporter

London                     Thames Television – Reporting London Anchor /Reporter

London                     Channel 4 – 4 What It’s Worth Investigative Reporter/Anchor

Norwich                    BBC 1 Look East – Anchor/Reporter

Bristol                       HTV (West) Newsreader/Reporter

Bristol                       SCENE ’83 –Anchor/Reporter

Susan Osman – RADIO

Beijing China

China Radio International (CRI) -The Beijing Hour with Susan Osman –Editor/Host

Susan edited and presented the most successful show on China Radio International (CRI)

The Economist (podcast) – Susan recorded the weekly edition of the current affairs magazine

BBC BristolThe Morning Show– Talk show host

BBC Bristol Voices of the WestTalk show host

BBC East – Airline – (Sony Award winner mid-morning show) Talk show host

GWR – The Morning Show –News reader/Anchor/News reporter/Talk show host


Book -Non-Fiction -Flirting with the Dragon-China’s untold stories

A personal exploration and analysis of daily life for the Chinese.


Susan has co-authored original screenplays and treatments:


Petra –Full length screenplay (based on a true story)

Barcelona Baby –Full length screenplay (original story) Susan was awarded European funding for a script workshop with Hungarian Producer Gaby Prekop (Script editor for Hungarian Director-Istvan Szabo)

Rich wins a Condo in East Godman Bay – Full length screenplay

The Two Faces of Mrs Holroyd -Treatment

Drinking Ink -Treatment

Herbs for beginners -Treatment


The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama –University of London- B.Ed degree -English/Drama

Goldsmiths’ College University of London – B.Ed  hons – English/Drama

She is represented by:

Davey Literary and Media management (New York)

Knight Ayton Management (London)

Helen Shabosan Talent (New York)

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